Rookie spotlight: Keith McGill

The Raiders continued to draft defensive players by selecting Utah’s cornerback Keith McGill in the fourth round, 116th overall.

McGill, a California native, is a large, long-armed cornerback at 6-foot-3, 211 pounds to go along with rare athleticism. His size could give him some versatility to play at both corner and safety, should he be asked to. He also played as a free safety when at Cerritos College (11 games) in California and one game at Utah.

McGill’s athleticism and size gives him the look of a prototypical press-man cornerback similar to former Raiders corner Nnamdi Asomugha.

After suffering a season-ending injury and missing all of 2012, McGill returned to the field for Utah in 2013 and appeared in all 12 games at cornerback. He totaled 37 tackles, 12 passes defensed and one interception while earning All Pac-12 Conference honors.

McGill also appeared on special teams and offense in his senior year at Utah. He carried the ball 75 times for 516 yards (6.88 yards per carry) and punted the ball 24 times, averaging just 32.2 yards per punt.

McGill will be an interesting prospect at cornerback to watch as the Raiders progress through training camp and the season.


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